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Winter Morning, Jisso-in Temple

Posted by
GJC (Kyoto, Japan) on 10 January 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Of course when the snow began I knew immediately where I would go first: Iwakura Jisso-in Temple (岩倉実相院). I was there one minute after they opened. I believe I have posted more photos from this little temple than from any other single place. It is a favorite of mine, beautiful at any time of the year, and only about a 15-minute walk from my apartment. Though each of the four seasons highlight different aspects of this temple, I think nothing enhances its beauty more than snow. I am sure that many of you have heard of the Japanese aesthetic principles of wabi and sabi, and one can, I think, understand and appreciate them best sitting quietly in the intense cold of an unheated temple watching the snow drift silently down.

For the next few days we will sit quietly at Jisso-in and watch the snow.

NIKON D300 1/160 second F/6.3 ISO 200 69 mm (35mm equiv.)

Manola from Bassens, France

As I includes you to like this place!!! It is magic and so soft.

A cliché of a beautiful sweetness: I like very much!!!!

10 Jan 2011 5:16am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Awesome shot! Nice composition, tones and details...

10 Jan 2011 5:34am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

This is absolutely beautiful!

10 Jan 2011 6:08am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

SPLENDID!!!! The RARE winter composition and very Japanese, at the same time! ....Feeling of winter in old Kyoto....

10 Jan 2011 6:11am

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Looks like you had a bit more snow up North. We both managed to visit our muses. Lovely.

10 Jan 2011 6:37am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I've been waiting for this picture ! One of the most beautiful images. Five stars*****

10 Jan 2011 6:52am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

An snow shot!

10 Jan 2011 8:51am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Great photo - there really is something quite calming about falling snow.

10 Jan 2011 9:52am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

wow . . it seems even more of a transformation that it does around here, somehow . .

10 Jan 2011 10:48am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A very serene picture GJC! The falling snow is excellent! 5-stars!! Bravo! ;-)

10 Jan 2011 12:30pm

Rosa Frei - Photo Emotions from Ouarzazate, Morocco

This is Japan! So beautiful, absolutely great image!

10 Jan 2011 1:25pm

Daniel from Kenmare, Ireland

very nice.

10 Jan 2011 1:42pm

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

breathtaking atmosphere

10 Jan 2011 5:03pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Just awesome, GJC! The snow caught in mid-fall as if it is stopping just for you to take the shot, then it continues on it's way to join the others in the land, to stay for awhile and eventually melt and becomne nourishment for the soil or cleansing agent for the concrete..all serving a purpose, just as falling leaves do as well. The tranquility and peace are palpable here...thank yu so much for this!!

10 Jan 2011 6:13pm

Howard F. from South Pasadena, Calif., United States

Oh my gosh, that must have been a wonderful feeling standing in the snow and seeing this scene. Amazing and breathtaking view.

10 Jan 2011 6:17pm

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Beautiful composition! Very tranquil scene!

10 Jan 2011 8:20pm

Sázky from Romania

nice shot,great image,bravo

10 Jan 2011 9:52pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States


11 Jan 2011 12:29am

Georgie from Sherwood Park, Canada

So very peaceful......Simply beautiful!!

11 Jan 2011 1:04am

jim from sebastopol, United States

this is lovely and wonderful.. i look forward to your photo each day.

11 Jan 2011 3:49am

@jim: Thank you very much. That is such an encouraging thing to read! I appreciate it.

Anne Jordan from Sydney, Australia

Superb. Just a great atmosphere

11 Jan 2011 4:58am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

I love the depth in this image.

11 Jan 2011 5:39am

Akarui from Japan

Great winter atmosphere with the falling snow well visible. I love the depth and the view through the gate. Excellent !!

12 Jan 2011 11:20pm

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Lovely double frame through the gate, too...

13 Jan 2011 7:55am

Maria Draper from California, United States

beautiful Winter scene

14 Jan 2011 6:07am

jpdm from Pignans, France

i can understand that temple is one of your favorite place, you took there one great winter set

16 Jan 2011 8:04am

Dolors from Girona, Spain

superb, lovely image

24 Jan 2011 10:59pm

elmer from Tours, France

Toute une atmosphère que donnent ces 3 plans photographiques. Je me laisse aller...

3 Mar 2011 2:24pm

1/160 second
ISO 200
69 mm (35mm equiv.)